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Bacterial Culture, aerobic culture only - Abscess, Deep

Source Abscess, Deep
Mnemonic M WOUND
Specimen Requirements

Submit swab from closed abscess (>1 cm deep) in Amies transport media.

Alternatively, aspirate and transfer specimen to a sterile container.

Specimen Handling

Store specimen at room temperature.
DO NOT refrigerate.

DO NOT submit specimen in syringe, with or without needle attached.

Additional Information

A deep abscess is a specimen associated with a "closed" space.
Aspirated material (pus) or deep would swab are specimens of choice.

Indicate Candida/Yeast on requisition if required.

Turnaround time for a negative culture: 2 days.

Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily
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